Good riddance 2020! Are you doing something particular to see this sorry 12 months off and ring in 2021?


31 December 2020, Lower Saxony, Hanover: "2021" can be read on an LED panel integrated into Maja's mouth-nose guard. Photo by: Moritz Frankenberg/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

In the event you’re studying this, let me begin by congratulating you for making it by means of 2020. In accordance with knowledge scientists on the College of Vermont who studied social media knowledge courting again to 2008, this 12 months was certainly the worst of the last 12 years. I’m not going to rehash all of the the reason why as a result of we’re all nonetheless dwelling it in actual time, however I do wish to know: What are you doing to ship this 12 months off and ring in what we hope is a brighter 2021?

In our home, we’ve historically had a New 12 months’s Eve occasion with delectable treats, an enormous crowd, and loads of cheer. Clearly that’s on pause this 12 months. We’re going to have a masked board recreation night time with one couple who’ve been in isolation for all of December.

We’ll be having fun with a lasagna with contemporary pasta sheets, Ina Garten’s Outrageous Garlic Bread, and Samin Nosrat’s caesar salad from Salt, Fats, Acid, Warmth. 

I’m even going to put on denims, or as we name them now, arduous pants. 

I had critical doubts we’d even find yourself making it to midnight, however we’ve determined to slug it out collectively so we will see this 12 months off as soon as and for all. 


I thought of a sage burning ceremony, however I’ll depart that to the Native communities. I’m not sending 2020 off with cultural appropriation! However I do suppose this requires some form of cleaning ceremony. We’re contemplating a “burning bowl” the place you write down the worst of 2020 and burn it as soon as and for all, leaving it behind. Unity has more information on burning bowls and the idea of utilizing them to let go. Will this do something to ease the ache and nervousness of 2020? Maybe not, nevertheless it actually can’t damage. 

In order that’s our plan for tonight. Are you staying dwelling in pajamas? Will you make it till midnight to ring in a hopefully brighter 12 months? 

Tomorrow we start anew. And I’m looking forward to a brighter day.